Ready for Gameday

Thursday, August 30, 2012

1 RYSARUTH Erin Dress | 2 RYSARUTH FSU Gameday Dress | 3 MUD PIE Gameday Dress | 4 JACK ROGERS Navajo | 5 FLIRTIES Daizie Post Earrings in Gold/Garnet and Garnet/Gold | 6 GAMEDAY BANGLES Peek-a-Boo Stripe in Gold/Garnet and Garnet/Gold | 7 EMMA GRAHAM Allie Dress

College football season officially kicks off tonight.  To be honest I only know this because hubs has been giving almost daily updates (for months) of the days remaining until college football begins.  Even though our Noles aren't playing until Saturday, today seemed like a good day to scour the web for adorable gameday attire!

Colorful Skinny Belts

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Colorful Skinny Belts

Last weekend, as I was tearing through my wardrobe trying to find something to wear to dinner, I realized one thing I was seriously missing - colorful skinny belts. For someone who has a ton of belts and loves color, I only have one (yes, one!) belt that isn't of the black/brown/grey/navy variety.

Belts are such a great way to change up an outfit, and since I'm petite they are also a great way to give shape to looser fitting tops that look awesome on other people, but can tend to overwhelm a petite frame and generally look sack-like.

I went online the next day to commence my colorful skinny belt search and came across tons of options at J.Crew and ASOS. I found a few here and there at other sites, but these two seemed to have the most variety. Do y'all know of anywhere else to find skinny belts in fun colors?

j.crew (right side): patent leather skinny belt in neon persimmon, dusty jade, and festival blue | leather round-buckle belt in spiced chartreuse, mint, iced lilac, and bright fuchsia

DIY Art: Ombre Chevron Braided Paper

Friday, August 24, 2012

DIY Ombre Chevron Braided Paper

I have been trying to figure out what to put on my art/gallery in our living room, so when I came across this paper braiding tutorial I thought doing it in red/turquoise with an ombre effect would be a fun addition to the wall!

Paper in three shades/tints of whatever color you are using (I used scrapbook paper/cardstock)
Adhesive (I used a Martha Stewart glue pen)
Xacto blade (or scissors)

Begin by using your xacto (or scissors) and ruler to cut half inch strips of each color of paper.

Using a tiny bit of glue, adhere one white strip and one strip of your lightest color to the second white strip. Then, glue the other lightest color strip across (and on top of) the two strips you just glued down.

Starting on the left, fold the white strip over the colored strip on the same side (Make sure it lines up with the strips on the right). Then, repeat on the right side. Continue folding until you have the desired length of the first color. (I did four chevrons in the lightest color).

To switch colors, cut off the first color excess paper (leaving about a quarter inch past the end of your last colored chevron). Then, glue a strip of the middle color to the remaining portion of the first (making sure to line the newly glued strips up with the white strips.

Continue braiding as before until you reach the desired length of the second color and then repeat the same step to switch to the third color. Depending on the length of your white paper, you may need to add another strip of white paper halfway through.

When you reach the end, use a little glue to hold your strips in place, then cut off the excess paper.

After I finished all the braiding, I used double sided tape to adhere my strips to a piece of Bristol paper cut to the size of my frame (mine was 10 x 13) . To make sure everything is centered, begin by marking where the center strip will go and placing it first, then work out from there.

To finish, flip the paper over and cut off anything hanging over the edges.  If there are any flaps of paper at the top or bottom not staying put, just fix them with a little glue.

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Kate Spade Surprise Sale!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I don't know about y'all, but I get seriously freakin' excited when Kate Spade has a surprise sale! There are so many pretty purses and wallets I want - the only problem with surprise sales is trying to narrow down all my favorites! Click here to check it out.

Stylish School Supplies

Thursday, August 16, 2012

1. MOLESKINE Volant Notebooks | 2. MONDIAL LUS FOR TOP HAT Pushpins | 3. JUICY COUTURE USB Pyramid Bracelet | 4. KATE'S PAPERIE Mini Sticky Note Block | 5. MODCLOTH Pack the Trunk Paperclips | 6. MODCLOTH Task at Handy Set in Success | 7. SHARPIE Fine Markers, Set of 24 | 8. MUJI Colored Pencil Set | 9. URBAN OUTFITTERS Graphic Notebook | 10. DELFONICS FOR TOP HAT Flat Pen and Pencil Case | 11. PAPERTHINKS Recycled Leather Notebooks | 12. SEE JANE WORK Sticky Tab Dividers | 13. URBAN OUTFITTERS Fluorescent Highlighter Pencil | 14. THE CONTAINER STORE Number Paper Clips | 15. URBAN OUTFITTERS High Stylers Highlighter

I came across these pretty Moleskine Volant notebooks (#1) while browsing for organization ideas on the Container Store site the other day. Since I already have way too many notebooks/sketchbooks I really have no reason to buy them, but it got me thinking - I miss shopping for back to school supplies! Did anyone else absolutely love selecting all the pretty, colorful new school supplies and then arranging them in their bag before the first day, or am I just a complete nerd?

I seriously want that Juicy Couture USB bracelet and the fluorescent highlighter pencils!

Current Obsession: Loafers

Friday, August 10, 2012

While my favorite footwear is obviously a pair of heels, let's face it - there is no way I can go wandering around Brooklyn wearing heels all day. Luckily, there are so many fun printed/colorful loafers out right now! They look super cute with shorts, and are perfect for transitioning into fall. I will definitely be adding a few more pairs of these comfy (but still stylish!) shoes to my wardrobe.

What do y'all think of loafers?

DIY Tutorial: Dry Erase Organizer

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Over the weekend I decided that hubs and I needed a place to write down his crazy intern work schedule and to write down notes. If you were to look in my purse at any random time you would probably find at least 3 or 4 different lists written on index cards (which works for running errands, but not for a 'master' list of things I need to buy/get done). I wanted a dry erase calendar/memo board, but finding one that that's both cute and not stupidly expensive was proving to be a difficult task.  So I did what I usually do (when I fixate on something and then am unable to find exactly what I have pictured) and decided to try making it.

I started by designing the calendar and memo pages in Illustrator and once I had those finished, I started working on the frame.

I used a paper bag to make the template for my frame. I cut the bag into one large strip of paper (the same way you cut a paper bag if you are making a book cover), cut the paper down to the size I wanted for my frame (adding an extra half inch to each side), and then folded it into fourths. After measuring where the interior of my frame would be I drew a design for the outside edges. I used binder clips to secure all four folds of the paper (to make sure my cuts would go evenly through) and then used an exacto to cut along the outside of my template.

Once I was finished cutting my template, I traced it onto the foam board. (I secured it with some tape before tracing and then carefully pulled them template off so the taped off parts of the lines were visible).

I then cut out my template using an exacto.  (Side note: you get a much cleaner line along the edges if you don't try to cut through all the layers in one pass.  Also - make sure to have a sharp blade!)

I forgot to take pictures of this next part, but after cutting around the outside I figured out my interior measurements, drew, and cut those out too. (Below is a template of my frame that, if downloaded, should save in the full size).  The dotted lines are guides for where the paper will go and the boxes with an 'x' running through them are the holes in the frame for each page.

Once the entire frame was cut out, I brushed a coat of mod podge on the front and laid the paper I used to cover it on top, smoothing out (most of) the bubbles. Then I flipped it over, placed a couple books on it to make sure for foam board didn't bend, and let it sit for a little while.

After giving the glue some time to dry I used my exacto again to cut off the excess paper, leaving about an inch of paper on each edge. Starting with the inside edges (since they were straight) I cut diagonally down from the corners and folded each edge over the side and onto the back, gluing it into place with more mod podge.  This covers the exposed foam edge.

Next, I began working along the outside edges.  This step was a bit time consuming, and I suppose I could have just cut off the excess paper and called it a day, but I really like the way this turned out. I cut tiny flaps along the outside and used mod podge to glue them over the side and around onto the back of the frame. I then applied two coats of glossy mod podge to the front and along the edges to seal everything and make it shiny.

With that finished I gave it some time to dry while I worked on the backing. My original idea was to use poster board, but since I could only find it in 10 packs for some odd reason, I had to improvise and ended up using the bottom of a diet coke case. I cut it down to the size I wanted (18.5 in. x 10 in.) and drew a guide for placing the pages.

For the dry erase element of my organizer I used clear plastic scrapbook page covers. The calendar page fit perfectly into an 8.5 x 11 and I cut down the note page cover to 8.5 x 6.  I then adhered the plastic sleeves to my backing with rubber cement, being sure to leave the open side of each facing toward the outside edge (so I can change the insert pages if I want to later).

I put a line of hot glue on the top and bottom edges of the backing and then placed the frame on top.  Finally, I used three long pieces of adhesive magnetic tape on the back (diet coke side) of the backing so that my frame would stick to the refrigerator.

One last thing I realized I was missing was a container to hold my dry erase markers.  I made a quick magnetic marker bin by decoupaging a matching piece of paper to an empty (and thoroughly washed) spice container and then adding magnetic tape to the back.

All done and ready to organize!
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